Kiss Me Judas – Baer, Will Christopher

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ISBN: 0670881759
Title: Kiss Me, Judas
Author: Baer, Will Christopher
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking, New York
Publication Date: 1998
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: F

Comments: Negligible shelf wear to d-j.

Synopsis: Ex-cop Phineas Poe has been in mental hospital but is now in Denver. He meets Jude, and wakes up in a bath full of ice with one of his kidneys missing. Things start getting complicated when Phineas falls in love with Jude.

Review: Illegal organ appropriation has become a standard theme of the thriller (Robin Cook’s Coma being the most successful example of the genre). Baer has something new to bring to the theme, however. For a start, the first-person narrative here has a brilliantly sharp and witty edge, with the black humour cunningly offsetting the grisly business of kidney theft. Starting as a salutary reminder that casual sexual encounters can have highly dangerous consequences, Baer has ex-cop Phineas Poe (shame about the name, but it’s Baer’s only miscalculation) becoming an unwilling kidney donor–as well as a murder suspect–after a $200 tryst with a woman who had designs on more than one of his organs. The fact that Poe is in love with the woman who left him in a bath full of ice with staples in his side makes this more than just a thriller: we’re in the kind of crazed love story territory of writers like Barry Gifford, and Baer has the same outrageous gifts. There’s also a strange but convincing literary structure to the book, with its short, punchy paragraphs and disturbingly distorted time sense creating a bizarre stop-start effect that nevertheless ensures the reader’s total attention. — Barry Forshaw

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ISBN: 0670881759
Title: Kiss Me, Judas
Author: Baer, Will Christopher
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Viking, New York
Publication Date: 1998
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF
D-j Condition: F

Comments: Negligible shelf wear to d-j.

Synopsis: Ex-cop Phineas Poe has been in mental hospital but is now in Denver. He meets Jude, and wakes up in a bath full of ice with one of his kidneys missing. Things start getting complicated when Phineas falls in love with Jude.

Review: Illegal organ appropriation has become a standard theme of the thriller (Robin Cook’s Coma being the most successful example of the genre). Baer has something new to bring to the theme, however. For a start, the first-person narrative here has a brilliantly sharp and witty edge, with the black humour cunningly offsetting the grisly business of kidney theft. Starting as a salutary reminder that casual sexual encounters can have highly dangerous consequences, Baer has ex-cop Phineas Poe (shame about the name, but it’s Baer’s only miscalculation) becoming an unwilling kidney donor–as well as a murder suspect–after a $200 tryst with a woman who had designs on more than one of his organs. The fact that Poe is in love with the woman who left him in a bath full of ice with staples in his side makes this more than just a thriller: we’re in the kind of crazed love story territory of writers like Barry Gifford, and Baer has the same outrageous gifts. There’s also a strange but convincing literary structure to the book, with its short, punchy paragraphs and disturbingly distorted time sense creating a bizarre stop-start effect that nevertheless ensures the reader’s total attention. — Barry Forshaw

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